VIDEO: Man rides moose in northern B.C., charges expected

A video (posted to YouTube) shows a man jumping on the back of a moose and riding it for several seconds, reportedly near Fort St. John.

A video posted to YouTube shows a man jumping on the back of a moose in B.C. and riding it for several seconds before falling off. The incident



The B.C. Conservation Service says it is investigating an incident, believed to be in northern B.C., where a man jumped on the back of a moose and rode on the animal in the water for several seconds before being tossed off.

In the video – embedded above and posted on Saturday by YouTube user Wolftracker TV – a boat chases the moose for the majority of the video before the man is able to hop on its back, to the laughter of his friends on the boat. The moose can be heard groaning when he is boarded by the boater, whose face is never really visible to the camera.

Wolftracker, which appears to be a hunting-based YouTube channel, calls the man a “moron” on its video caption and says, “This is what NOT to do.”

Sgt. David Vince, speaking to The Province newspaper, said he believes the incident took place last fall, based on the warm conditions, on Tuchodi Lakes. He expects the man to be charged with ‘harassing wildlife’, under the Wildlife Act.

“In this particular case, we have really good evidence with the video and it’s something we will pursue through the Crown… rather than just issue a ticket and walk away,” Vince told the newspaper. “We have to send a message that this behavior is not welcomed. The animal certainly did not welcome it. You could tell it was in distress.

“It was a dangerous stunt for both the man and the animal.”

Speaking to Buzzfeed Canada, Wolftracker TV’s Steve and Chris Wolfe said they’re sure the video was filmed near Fort St. John in July, 2014. Vince told Buzzfeed the Service has started collecting names from the general public, in the search to find the men behind the video – and the stunt.

There is precedent for something like this: in 2013, two men – Andrew and Matthew Weiers – were fined $2,500 after pleading guilty to harassing a moose near Dryden, Ontario, after a video showed them and others pulling similar prank on a moose there (via CBC News).

(The video of that Ontario incident has been posted below, although no recording is available of the men circling back and jumping on the moose’s back, which apparently happened after the Weiers stopped filming.)

Man rides moose in B.C.

Man rides moose in B.C.

Man rides moose in B.C.

VIDEO: Man attempts to jump on moose’s back in Ontario

Just Posted

Bulkley Valley tourist industry adjusts to salmon closure

Businesses maintain philosophy of cooperation and enthusiasm as tourists begin arriving in Smithers.

Northwest family doctors win awards for B.C. launch of CHANGE Program

Northwest family doctors win awards for B.C. launch of CHANGE Program

Employer health tax may strain local governments

RDBN on the hook for an extra $24,000 by 2020

UPDATED: Horgan says B.C. defending its interests in Trans Mountain pipeline

Canadian finance minister’s update comes the same day Kinder Morgan shareholders plan to meet

Houston working around the clock to address flooding

River Forecast Centre upgrades advisory for Houston

VIDEO: After the floods, comes the cleanup as Grand Forks rebuilds

Business owners in downtown wonder how long it will take for things to go back to normal

Rachel Notley to skip premiers conference to focus on pipeline deal

Kinder Morgan has ceased all non-essential spending on the Trans Mountain pipeline project until it receives assurances

B.C. tech company will power Uber Elevate

Moli and Uber announce research and development partnership.

UPDATE: Woman dies in ocean accident near Tofino hours before daughter’s wedding

“We are so thankful to everyone who helped our mom.”

Olympian sues USA Swimming, saying it failed to protect her

Ariana Kukors Smith alleges her former coach Sean Hutchison began grooming her for sexual abuse at the age of 13

Defence minister thanks troops for B.C. flood relief work

Harjit Sajjan says not only was military response quick, support from locals has been ‘tremendous’

Couple survives being buried in mudslide on B.C. highway

The couple, from Saskatchewan, were en route to Nelson when a tree fell in their path

‘So grateful:’ Injured Bronco hockey player glad he’s alive, works on recovery

Ryan Straschnitzki was badly hurt in the accident: a spinal injury, broken ribs, a broken collar bone, and punctured lung

PHOTOS: Floodwaters rise and fall in Grand Forks

The flood-ravaged Kootenay-Boundary region begins to heal

Most Read